Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome(PCOS) is caused by hormonal imbalances in the female body. Women with PCOS tend to suffer irregular or missing menstrual cycles, spotting in between periods, acne, weight gain, facial hair, hair fall, depression, infertility, diabetes and even heart diseases.
But what else can you do to improve your hormonal balance in PCOS?
Taking treatment is important for combating the condition. But what else can you do to improve your hormonal balance in PCOS? Most doctors advise shedding weight. Losing up to a quarter of your excess weight will improve your condition. Of-course, losing weight in PCOS us a challenge in itself but regular sustained exercise, such as walking can definitely help.
Another thing which you can do is to take Vitamin supplements.
Vitamin D is one of the vitamins that impacts reproductive processes in a positive way. It helps in the functioning of the ovaries and also in the regulation of glucose levels in the body. Most women with PCOS suffer from Vitamin D deficiency.
Getting tested for deficiency and taking a supplement will certainly help in making the menstrual cycle regular and by helping in the ovulation processes in the ovary. You may add on calcium with the Vitamin D supplement. Recommended dosages are 1,000 mg of calcium a day and 100,000 IU of vitamin D a month for six months.
Taking the B vitamins as supplements too can aid in control of PCOS.
These vitamins play an essential role in hormone regulation and burning fats. A multi-vitamin tablet with emphasis on the B6 and B12 vitamins should be taken regularly. Spirulina and chlorella green algae are great sources of the B vitamins. They contain Vitamin B12, amino acids and several other nutrients like chlorophyll.
Take a chromium supplement.
Chromium is a mineral which is present in the human body in very small amounts. Chromium helps to reduce insulin resistance. Recommended dosage is 200 mcg daily of chromium picolinate. An alternate to a supplement is to eat foods rich in the mineral such as broccoli, red wine, and green beans.
A deficiency of magnesium has also been linked to insulin resistance so taking a magnesium supplement will help regulate glucose levels and prevent the development of Type 2 diabetes. Recommended dosage is 300 mg of magnesium at bedtime.
Fish oil or omega-3 supplements can decrease androgen levels in women with PCOS.
Only three grams of omega-3s a day as supplements for eight weeks can lower testosterone levels and cause the resumption of regular menses in women with PCOS. You can take foods like fish oils, almonds, salmon, walnuts, flax seeds, halibut and soy if you wish to opt for the natural sources.
Soy isoflavones act like the progesterone drug Clomid which helps regulate the menstrual cycle in PCOS and enhances fertility. Soy nuts, miso and soya beans are great at reducing symptoms of PCOS.
Inositol a derivative of Vitamin B, is often prescribed in the form of supplements. Natural sources include brown rice, nuts, wheat germs, brewer’s yeast, cabbage and oats.
Diindolymethane (DIM) found in broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower, lowers the testosterone levels in the body, and enhances oestrogen thereby relieving symptoms.
Take Biotin capsules every day especially if you are experiencing hair loss which is one of the symptoms of PCOS.
Eat more proteins.
Increase your intake of sea food, lean meat, eggs and milk. Or you could take protein supplements like whey casein isolate, pea protein, rice protein or hemp protein. Proteins containing containing NAC or N-acetylcysteine – an amino acid which can help with PCOS symptoms. Take 1.6 grams per day of NAC.
You can also take saw palmetto capsules and evening primrose oil in the form of supplements to relieve symptoms such as breast tenderness.
Take a multivitamin daily with at least 2000 mg Vitamin C, magnesium (400 mg/day) and selenium 200 mcg per day.
Iodine deficiency is often a cause of polycystic ovarian syndrome.
Taking Iodine supplements can help with anxiety, depression and fatigue associated with PCOS.
Green tea extract supplements can also help to fight weight gain, acne and hair loss.
Offcourse, it goes without saying that all these to be taken on a doctor's advise only.